A dad-of-four has died after being shot three times in an alleyway. The 33-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was attacked in a Belfast alleyway and shot in the leg three times last night. According to investigators he was shot in Butler Place, close to Elmfield Street, at around 10.05pm.

The shocking killing was instantly condemned by community members who slammed the recent increase in violence in the region.

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly said: “I unreservedly condemn the murder of a father of four in Ardoyne last night.

“This killing has shocked the local community in north Belfast.

“This is the second such killing carried out in this area in the last six months by an armed gang which is clearly at war with the local community.

“I am calling on anyone with information on both of these killings to bring it forward to the PSNI .”

Alliance Councillor for North Belfast Nuala McAllister also condemned the attack.

“There can never be any excuse for carrying out such a heinous act and I utterly condemn the thugs behind it.

“Thanks to them, there is now a man lying dead and a family plunged into mourning.

She added: “Violent attacks and murder have no place in our society. This was a brutal crime and those behind it need taken off our streets. Our entire community must unite against those who seek to drag us back to the bloody days of the past.

“I would urge anyone with any information at all to contact police immediately.”

Inspector James Murphy said: “We are keen to hear from witnesses or anyone with information regarding this heinous crime.”

Detectives can be contacted by calling the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.